Match Preview By Anuj,
Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan:
Welcome to the match prediction & preview of Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan will feature in the opening match of the 16th edition of The Asia Cup at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on 27th Aug. The two teams last met each other in 2016 in the T20 Format, where Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.
The Sri Lankan team has not performed well in T20 cricket in the past. Sri Lankan batsmen are not looking in good form. In such a situation, along with Danushka Gunathilaka, Charit Aslanka, and Pathum Nisanka, captain Dasun Shannaka will be responsible for scoring runs against the Afghan bowlers.
Dushmantha Chameera has been ruled out of the Asia Cup due to injury. Now Asitha Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, and Dasun Shanaka will be responsible for the team’s pace attack. Maheesh Thikshana will be seen as spinners, and all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga and Dhananjay de Silva will be seen bowling.
Talking about Afghanistan, before the Asia Cup, they lost the 5-match T20 series against Ireland 3-2. So far this year, Najibullah Zadran has scored the most runs for the team in Afghanistan. Zadran has scored 255 runs in 9 innings, while Hazratullah Zazai has scored 205 runs in 8 matches.
For Afghanistan so far this year, Fazlhaq Farooqui has taken 11 wickets in 8 matches for the team, while star spinner Rashid Khan has taken only 9 wickets in 10 matches.
Sri Lanka: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicket-keeper), Ibrahim Zadran, Usman Ghani, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (captain), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Malik.
Afghanistan: Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Kusal Mendis (wicket-keeper), Dasun Shanaka (captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka.
Sri Lanka: 1
According to experts, during the match time, the temperature will remain around 37°C and humidity will be 33%. The speed of the wind will be around 24 km/h and the sky will be clear.
If we will look at the pitch, both batsmen and bowlers alike can get help on the Dubai pitch. However, the pitch here may remain a bit slow, which will benefit the spinners. The average score of T20 at this ground is 140 runs.
Match Time: 07:30 PM (IST)
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network & Hotstar
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Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.